Cleaning Walls Covered with Aromatic Candle Soot

My neighbour burns nice aromatic candles in a very small space of his studio apt. The walls are coated with this black haze. I have tried everything I can find with not much results. Any new ideas? Grateful for submission. :-)


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July 5, 20191 found this helpful

Vacuum the walls first. Then make a solution of mild detergent and wash the walls, starting from the top to the bottom.

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July 5, 20191 found this helpful

If you are trying soap and water, I strongly recommend trying it in a very small, out of the way place first as having tried this, some paints will be damaged by the water. I think my den paint was a satin finish and water left it all wonky.

It is best to try a dry sponge first and gently wipe downward (put newspaper on the floor to catch the dirt). If that does not work, there is a store made brand of sponge designed especially to remove soot--it is a little pricey:

If you can, suggest the neighbor may want to to try soy or beeswax candles and move them away from the walls. This may stop this from happening again.


Safety first!!

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July 8, 20190 found this helpful

Cleaning walls covered with aromatic candle wax soot.
I have actually tried everything under the kitchen cabinet
and then purchased A box of 'Magic Erasers' with not much results.

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July 5, 20191 found this helpful

You do not say what type of wall you are trying to clean so be sure to check out whether any suggestion is okay for the type wall you are cleaning.

Be careful with water and if you do try water be sure the cloth/sponge is just damp and never dripping.
With any cleaning method it is always best to test a small area first and be sure to wait an hour to see if it is working correctly.

This is an ad for dry cleaning sponges which are highly recommended but they do have to be replaced. They cannot be cleaned with water but can be trimmed and reused. If trying this method you will need several sponges.


There are several sites that have suggestions with easy instructions so you might want to read some of these.

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